Between the Forest and the Hills

Between the Forest and the Hills

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A humorous fantasy tale set in ancient Britain. Iscium, an isolated Roman town in the west of Britain, is cut off from the collapsing Empire. Most of the town senators and officials are primarily concerned with keeping a low profile with the neighboring barbarians and renovating the city baths. But when young Falx runs away, and finds a lost barbarian girl, things begin to happen. The children are brought back by a one-eyed merchant who returns them to an Iscium quivering with the possibility of a barbarian invasion. The mysterious merchant has a plan--involving two talking ravens and The Hallelujah Chorus--and life is never quite the same again, for either the Romans or their invaders. A zany mix of history, humor, and the miraculous--in the satisfying tradition of "Don Camilla.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 146 x 216 x 19mm | 340g
  • Bathgate, United States
  • English
  • New ed of 1977 ed
  • 1883937396
  • 9781883937393
  • 1,200,645

Review quote

"When Falx, a young orphan disillusioned with the prospects of life in his brother's household, decides to run away to Rome (under the influence of a talking raven!) 'trouble' becomes unavoidable. I found parts of the book to be exceedingly funny (particularly a scene involving a bishop, some bees and some rather superstitious Saxons), but the more subtle humor would probably be best appreciated by the somewhat 'well read' high schooler, rather than the reluctant reader."
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57 ratings
4.26 out of 5 stars
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4 28% (16)
3 18% (10)
2 4% (2)
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